quash

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French quasser, from Latin quassāre, present active infinitive of quassō, under the influence of cassō ‎(I annul).

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quash ‎(third-person singular simple present quashes, present participle quashing, simple past and past participle quashed)

  1. To defeat forcibly.
    The army quashed the rebellion.
    • Barrow
      Contrition is apt to quash or allay all worldly grief.
    • 2014 November 17, Roger Cohen, “The horror! The horror! The trauma of ISIS [print version: International New York Times, 18 November 2014, p. 9]”[1], The New York Times:
      What is unbearable, in fact, is the feeling, 13 years after 9/11, that America has been chasing its tail; that, in some whack-a-mole horror show, the quashing of a jihadi enclave here only spurs the sprouting of another there; that the ideology of Al Qaeda is still reverberating through a blocked Arab world whose Sunni-Shia balance (insofar as that went) was upended by the American invasion of Iraq.
  2. To crush or dash to pieces.
    • Waller
      The whales / Against sharp rocks, like reeling vessels, quashed, / Though huge as mountains, are in pieces dashed.
  3. (law) To void or suppress (a subpoena, decision, etc.).

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